Biberach Ukraine aid via sister city Schweidnitz
I thought you might all like to see this article from the Biberach Town website, describing how Biberach will be collecting donations to provide direct support to Swidnica to help displaced Ukrainians and their Ukrainian twin towns. The true power of Town Twinning at a time of desperate need.
Best wishes, Richard.
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City administration sets up central donation account
Providing the most direct and unbureaucratic help possible for the people affected by the war in Ukraine – that’s what many people want at the moment. For this reason, the city administration of Biberach, in close cooperation with Biberach’s Polish partner city Schweidnitz, initiated an auxiliary axis, via which urgently needed goods land directly where they are needed. The first delivery should be on its way as early as Saturday. Support is currently in demand primarily in the form of monetary donations. In a next step, the acceptance of selected donations in kind is also planned.
#standwithukraine; © City administration of Biberach
The images and news of Russia’s attack on Ukraine shock many people. For Biberach’s Lord Mayor Norbert Zeidler, it quickly became clear: in addition to showing solidarity with the Ukrainian people, it is necessary to provide unbureaucratic practical help to the best of our ability. “It was important to me that our support was based on the needs of the people on site,” says Zeidler.
For this reason, the Biberach mayor contacted the Polish twin town of Schweidnitz, which is only 600 kilometers away from Lemberg and itself maintains partnerships with two towns in the Ukraine. In the exchange with the friends in Schweidnitz, it quickly became clear that this partnership-based axis could provide targeted and needs-based help: “Approximately 5,000 Ukrainian citizens live in Schweidnitz and are currently taking in friends and relatives,” explains Zeidler. In addition, preparations are being made there for the arrival of a large number of refugees in a short time.
There is also contact and aid deliveries from Schweidnitz to the Ukraine. “We therefore want to closely tie our Biberach aid to that of our friends in Schweidnitz,” says Zeidler. “This ensures that our help arrives where it is currently needed and does not ignore the needs of those affected.”
The first step is to bring goods and relief supplies to Schweidnitz very quickly, which are no longer available in Poland but are urgently needed at the moment. The first transport is already planned for the coming weekend.
In order to be able to act as quickly as possible, the city administration will procure these goods centrally in large quantities. In a next step, the city administration is also planning to collect specific, selected donations in kind on site over the course of the next week. More information on this will be provided once it is clear what is needed.
Zeidler presented the Biberach plans at a short-notice appointment with representatives of various aid and blue light organizations as well as the association “StädtePartner eV” and received broad approval. “In particular, it became clear once again that it is important to clarify which aid supplies are actually needed,” explains Zeidler. In Biberach, therefore, they want to refrain from uncoordinated collections of donations in kind.
Anyone who would like to support the Biberach relief campaign is asked to transfer their donation to one of the following accounts:
- Kreissparkasse Biberach
IBAN: DE48 6545 0070 0000 0005 12
- Volksbank Ulm-Biberach
IBAN: DE14 6309 0100 0000 0010 07
Purpose (please state): Ukraine
All incoming donations are used in full for the procurement of urgently needed products and relief supplies.
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support for this aid campaign!” emphasizes Mayor Zeidler. “I am very sure that together with our friends in Schweidnitz we can make our contribution to supporting the people of Ukraine in this way.”
Information on refugees from Ukraine is available on a special website of the state government of Baden-Württemberg